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Music and conspiracy theories: a primer

Posted on April 28, 2016 at 6:00 am

Post_MusicConspiracy2 By Brian Vander Veen Sometime during the tail-end of the 80s, my middle-school youth group made us watch a grainy VHS documentary about the evils of contemporary music. The presenter played samples of music that, slowed down and backwards, might have sounded vaguely like blasphemous utterings. He picked apart various band names and album covers, […]

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Get caught reading!

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 6:00 am

GetCaughtReading_Post By Rachel Edmondson My first introduction to the Get Caught Reading campaign was the posters that adorned our libraries’ walls. Throughout the years, various celebrities have participated in this campaign by being photographed reading a favorite book and then allowing the celebrity posters to be distributed for free to schools and libraries. You […]

Comic giveaway and year-round reading

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_FreeComicBookDay By David Wyatt Free Comic Book Day has been the first Saturday in May for 15 years. This year it falls on May 7. Comic book shops (including local shops, The Comic Book Shop and Merlyn’s) will have promotional comics and usually some colorful characters in full costume. This year at the Argonne Library, our […]

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Northern Slam: the art of spoken word

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_PoetrySlam By Gwendolyn Haley Sometimes, the stars align in such a way that the library can make something amazing happen in the community. During the fall of 2015, members of the Friends of the Deer Park Library heard about Poetry Slams in the Spokane area. Riverside High School held a poetry slam at which Deer Park Librarian […]

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Re-energize & connect: Volunteer program at Spokane County Library District

Posted on April 14, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_VolunteerWeek By Jane Baker Jamie Van Wormer has put some miles on her car in the short few months since becoming the Volunteer Coordinator at the Spokane County Library District. She’s been from one end of the county to the other gathering information and establishing relationships to create a volunteer program for the Library District. “First […]

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Read these graphic novels, you must

Posted on April 5, 2016 at 6:00 am

Post_StarWarsGraphicNovels By Brian Vander Veen When I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I had prepared myself for disappointment. And sure, much of it was a rehash of a plot we’d already seen twice in the Star Wars franchise, and yes, there were plot holes aplenty, but I’d be lying if I said I […]

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Fools and tricksters who delight us

Posted on March 31, 2016 at 11:49 am

Feature_FoolsAndTricksters By David Wyatt April Fools’ Day draws near and the scheming has surely begun. This scheming divides the world into tricksters and the fools who fall for their tricks every time. I always like to think the fool has more going on, that the trickster is blissfully unaware of such depth. That could just be […]

Make your own Monster Book of Monsters

Posted on March 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_MonsterBook By Kelsey Hudson With the new Harry Potter play coming out this summer (and the accompanying book that I may have pre-ordered the first day that I could), I have been in full Harry Potter fan mode for months. Thankfully, I work with a group of people who are every bit as excited as I […]

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Going local

Posted on March 17, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_GoingLocal By Sheri Boggs In a prominent corner or shelf of your closest County Library you might find stories about Sasquatch, about a derelict hotel rescued from obscurity, about a kid from North Idaho who implausibly becomes a drug kingpin before getting caught and going to prison. There are stories about a woman and her daughter […]

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Four indie science fiction films to watch now

Posted on March 10, 2016 at 6:00 am

Feature_4IndieSciFiMovies By Brian Vander Veen So Gods of Egypt happened. The film, with an estimated budget of $140 million, ended up being slammed by critics and grossing a mere $14 million in box office sales its opening weekend. I feel bad for the director, who had previously managed to produce two cult classics of 90s speculative […]

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